Vikings Place Nick Easton on IR, Sign Guard Kaleb Johnson

Minnesota adds depth to the offensive line.

The Minnesota Vikings officially placed offensive lineman Nick Easton on injured reserve Monday. Easton is likely out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

In a corresponding roster move, the team signed guard Kaleb Johnson. Johnson was released by the Bears on Saturday. The 25 year-old played college football at Rutgers and went undrafted in the 2015 draft. Johnson originally came into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. After being waived by the Ravens the journeyman spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and most recently the Chicago Bears. He has yet to play in a regular season game.

According to Pro Football Focus he’s played in 528 preseason snaps, allowing four sacks, two hits and 11 QB hurries on 337 pass blocking opportunities.

A likely reason the Vikings brought in Johnson is his versatility. He played some tackle at Rutgers before moving to guard, then played strictly center when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears. Minnesota has the 6-4, 305-pounder listed as a guard.

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Sean Borman

Sean Borman is a writer with Minnesota roots that's still somehow an optimist. He was an intern with the Vikings during college and previously wrote for Rant Sports. You can find Sean on the golf course and on Twitter @SeanBoarMan.

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